Winter Warmers

Snuggle down for winter with our cosy throws and hot water bottles

We love winter at The Fine Cotton Company. It gives us an excuse to delve into our collection of gorgeous soft throws and pick a new hot water bottle to help us beat the chill when temperatures drop.  We’ve got some lovely new arrivals this year that will help make your home cosy and inviting.  Here are some of the highlights.

Our new range of luxuriously soft knitted hot water bottle covers (and hot water bottle) keep you toasty warm – and super stylish – throughout the winter months.  There’s an array of colours and designs, ranging from bright multi-coloured stripes to delicate greys and neutrals, along with some adorable animal motifs. Cuddle up with a hare, fox, stag, owl, Scottie dog, whale, panda or penguin. We’ve even got a flamingo for those with more exotic tastes.  Browse the range here.

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Responsibly sourced and sumptuously soft, our collection of cashmere and lambswool throws are the ultimate luxury home accessory. So it’s no wonder they’re a best seller, particularly when homeowner’s are creating cosy homes for Autumn/Winter 2016.  Who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in one of these beautiful soft blankets?

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Take a look through our range of throws and blankets.

Baby Shower Gifts for Bridget

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Have you heard? Bridget Jones is about to have a baby!

In the third instalment of the hit franchise, our favourite scatter-brained heroine finds herself with child and unsure of who the father is.  After receiving warm reviews from critics we’re sure Bridget Jones’s Baby will be a huge hit when it’s released in the UK next week (Friday 16th September).

So in anticipation, we’ve selected our best organic and ethically sourced baby shower gifts for mums-to-be and their little ones.  Read on to find the perfect baby shower goodies for the expectant mum in your life.

Canvas Storage Hampers 

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We’re sure every new mum would thank you for somewhere to store the hundreds of toys that children accumulate. This lovely storage hamper is available in a fun owl design and can be personalised with a name, date or initials.

Personalised Monogrammed Owl Baby Towel Collection 

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With a lusciously deep soft pile, this gorgeous organic cotton towel is perfect for wrapping up baby after a bath. Towels come in two sizes and can be embroidered in a choice of styles and 12 thread colours.

Madison and Nevada Cotton Knitted Baby Shawls 

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These irresistibly soft pure cotton knitted baby shawls are naturally breathable and come in a delicate stripe or chevron design.  They are beautifully finished with a double ribbed border.

Flat Sheepskin Cuddle Bears 

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The latest must-have toy for babies to snuggle – a stroke-able, soft flat cuddle bear. These sheepskin cuddle bears are a warm, tactile and huggable comforter that little ones just can’t resist.

Personalised Brighton Blanket Collection 

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A must-have for mums-to-be who love a touch of luxury and classic, traditional style. Made using brushed 100% organic cotton it is wonderfully soft and finished with a smart blanket stitch edge detail.  With personalised options available these blankets make fantastic gifts for new babies.

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Three simple ways to create a ‘spa’ experience at home

Need to relax and unwind without the expense of a spa day?  Try our three simple steps to transform your bathroom into a haven of tranquillity.

1) Back to basics

Feng Shui experts have long championed the benefits that a minimalist home can have on the mind, so strip your bathroom back to a bare minimum for a serene refuge in which to escape the stresses and strains of daily life.  Décor should be neutral, clean, clear and natural. Get rid of fussy details and opt for a few well-placed ornaments, such as a water feature – often found in spas.

2) Attention to detail

Creating a luxurious spa feeling at home is all about attention to little details and it needn’t cost the earth.

With just a few carefully selected, authentic items you can turn your bathroom into a relaxing haven worthy of the most exclusive retreats.Little touches like a few well-placed spa products, fresh flowers, plants or aromatherapy fragrant candles and diffusers will all create the multi-sensory ambience associated with an expensive day spa. Take it one step further by filling some clear glass jugs with fruit and herb infused water.
3) Invest in comfort

Any spa experience begins with a robe, but a top tip for recreating an authentic experience is that the robe needs to be generously sized and superb quality so that it can be washed time and time again – like our ‘Palermo’ lined waffle robe, which is made from the most sumptuous natural and organic materials. The waffle exterior is lined with thick, fluffy towelling on the inside and a shawl collar and deep turn back cuffs create the snuggly and decadent feeling you only get in a health spa.

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Like with robes, when it comes to towels, bigger is better for an indulgent feel. Invest in a collection of thick and super absorbent white towels that will feel as good as new wash after wash.Image credits: www.healthlandspa.com, Houzz.com, Pinterest

Five Steps To Five Star Hotel Luxury At Home

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if your bedroom was like a hotel room? Our resident bedding expert, Jane Robson, offers five ‘home hacks’ to recreate five star hotel luxury in the home.

  1. Count on Cotton

“High thread count cotton is a must for achieving that ‘luxe’ feel at home,” says Jane.  “A good standard thread count is around 200 and anything higher than that will feel wonderfully soft and luxurious.  Percale weave sheeting is the finest available. The high thread count fabric is soft and silk-like to touch – delightfully reminiscent of those five star hotel stays. 

“Unlike certain products in the home, where cheap substitutions can go unnoticed, investing in high quality cotton bed linen will really make a difference to your home.  Quality cotton sheets will feel a lot smoother and softer than cheaper imitations; they will last for years and because the fabric is made from natural fibres it will keep cool in summer and warm in winter.”

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Try our Biarritz 320TC Cotton Percale Bed Linen Collection for a sophisticated choice.

  1. Whiter than White … but throw in some texture and colour

There’s something about white bed linen that just denotes sound sleep, comfort and luxury.  If you want to inject some colour or interest then acessorise with cushions, throws and blankets in sumptuous high quality materials, or choose a bedding set that has a subtle coloured trim.”

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Our Genoa 320 TC Egyptian Cotton Percale Duvet Cover Collection will achieve this look in the home or accessorise with patterned wool and cashmere throws.

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  1. Pile on the Pillows

“Who cares if you only sleep with one pillow – to create a plush haven of comfort you need an abundance of pillows! I’d opt for a minimum of four standard pillows and two scatter cushions but in this case – more is more. It’s all about layering up to create a lavish feeling of extravagance.”

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Browse our gorgeous collection of pillows and pillow covers.

  1. Flat Sheets for Five Star

While fitted sheets have their benefits, flat sheets are a mainstay in hotel bed-making and ‘hospital corners’ are an absolute must. Flat sheets are also much easier to press meaning you can achieve that crisp, white look that hotels are renowned for.  For an extra layer of luxury try triple sheeting – where an extra sheet is laid on top of the blanket or duvet – it gives that hotel feel and also adds another layer of protection for your duvet.”

Browse our flat sheets here

  1. Clean and Crisp

“There’s no better feeling than getting into a freshly laundered bed.  Good quality materials won’t fade or wear with washing so they can be laundered weekly at high temperatures to keep them looking their best.

“All of our bedding is washable at 60 degrees – the temperature that kills dust mites.  It’s also a good idea to have spare set of bedding to rotate and ease the weekly washing process.”

 

Thanks to Laura at Little Stuff

Thank you to the lovely Laura at Little Stuff for the great review about our Bright Stars Bed Linen

Here is a copy of her comments…

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Finding bedding for teenagers can be really tricky, I find. They’re WELL past the stage of wanting their favourite comic book hero or tv character sleeping next to them each night, and yet they’re usually not ready (especially the boys) for the adult offerings of floral patterns or plain old block colours that seem to be the only alternative.

So I let out a Whoop Of Happy when I was looking at the Fine Cotton Company’s site and teen boy crossed behind me, pausing to exclaim spontaneously “Oh, I love that stars duvet cover, that’s really cool!”

Hurrah hurray hurroo.

And out of the website and onto his bed, how does it stand up?

It’s flipping gorgeous.

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I clearly didn’t read the description clearly, because I was surprised to see the star pattern is actually embroidered on and not printed. Such a nice touch that really lifts the set.

The biggest test of all, of course, is how it feels. The boy is VERY fussy, and chooses to sleep under an old and faded spiderman duvet cover rather than a newer, more suitable cover that isn’t 100% cotton and therefore doesn’t feel as nice on his skin.

The Bright Stars set? Passes with flying colours. My only issue now is that he won’t sleep under anything else, so I have to wash it and dry it in a day!

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The set washes beautifully, and being 100% organic cotton it dries fast too. It does need an iron, but I’m sorry to say the boy prefers his bedding ‘softly rumpled’ and not crisply flat, so no iron was used in the making of this bed.

The Bright Stars organic 200tc bedding can be bought direct from the Fine Cotton Company. It’s available in double, single and cotbed sizes, and the single duvet cover is £45.

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